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Can My Ex Hire an Attorney I've Consulted With Previously?

Your attorney is your most powerful resource in any Florida family law case. They’ll provide you with legal advice, help you formulate the right strategy for your situation, represent you in court, and guide you through challenging experiences. Naturally, it’s in your best interests to work with the professional that’s right for you. It may be the case that in your quest to find the right attorney, you’ve previously consulted with other law firms before connecting with your current representation. This is perfectly normal—the other attorney may not have the experience you hoped for or perhaps even your personalities didn’t quite mesh. However, what happen ...


Separation vs Divorce: What Are the Legal Differences?

Regardless of which situation you're in, both separation and divorce present emotional and legal challenges. The distinctions between these two paths are important to understand for anyone contemplating changes in their marital status.  Understanding Legal Separation Legal separation, a concept often misunderstood, allows couples to live apart while remaining legally married. Florida, however, does not formally recognize legal separation in the same way some other states do. Instead, couples may enter into a separation agreement that outlines the division of assets, responsibilities for debts, and arrangements for child support and custody. This agreement serves as a private cont ...


Military Divorce Checklist: How to Prepare

Preparation is useful in any divorce scenario. After all, the more information you have at your disposal, the easier it can be to navigate the challenges of the situation. Good prep is particularly vital, though, if you’re facing a divorce where one or both parties are active service members of the military. This is because there's an added level of complexity involved, with difficulties surrounding aspects such as residence, custody, and even division of assets. As a man going through a divorce in Florida, you also want to make certain that you are not unfairly treated by the family courts either as a result of your commitment to military service or because your spouse has more resources ...


Highest Divorce Rate by Profession: Understanding the Underlying Factors

In the intricate balance between professional and personal life, certain careers stand out for their impact on marital stability. Drawing from a comprehensive study by Monster.com, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, this article explores the professions that exhibit the highest divorce rates. By understanding the unique challenges and stresses inherent in these careers, we can gain insight into the complex interplay between one's job and personal life. Irregular and Unpredictable Hours The toll of irregular and unpredictable hours on personal relationships is often underestimated. Professions that demand working outside the conventional 9-to-5 schedule can ...


Who Pays Attorney Fees in a Florida Divorce?

Divorce is a complex and emotionally taxing process that also comes with financial implications. One of the most pressing questions that couples face when going through a divorce in Florida is: Who will be responsible for the attorney fees? It's no surprise that divorces can be expensive, so it isn't uncommon for this to be a main concern. Section 1: Introduction to Attorney Fees in Florida Divorce Cases In Florida, the question of who pays for attorney fees in a divorce case is not as straightforward as one might think. Unlike alimony or child support, which have specific guidelines, the allocation of attorney fees is generally at the discretion of the court. The primary statute gover ...


Navigating HB 1301: A Guide During Divorce

Over the course of my career as an attorney specializing in representing men during divorces, I've always believed in the importance of staying informed about changes in the law and sharing this knowledge with my clients. Recently, a significant change has occurred in Florida's family law landscape with the introduction of a new law, HB 1301, which directly impacts parenting and time-sharing of minor children. This law, which went into effect on July 1, 2023, removes the requirement for an unanticipated change in circumstances to modify a parenting plan or time-sharing schedule. It creates a rebuttable presumption that equal time-sharing is in the best interests of the child, and sets the ...

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